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Craig Larson
Neb. Rural Radio Assn. General Manager  clarson@kneb.com

Chuck Schwartz

Chuck Schwartz
Station Manager  cschwartz@kneb.com

Chuck is a lifetime Nebraskan, born in Southwest Nebraska, growing up on a farm in Dundy County, 50 miles west of McCook. His elementary school education was in a one room school house, with one classmate and the same teacher all eight years. The family lived in Ogallala for two years, then relocated to North Platte. Starting school at the age of four finally made its’ presence felt – not only was a driver’s license unattainable until midway through his Junior year, but his growth spurt didn’t hit until late in his Senior year. After limited athletic participation in High School, he added three inches in height and 20 pounds in weight, allowing Chuck to play Basketball and Golf for the Knights at North Platte Community College. In Golf, Chuck qualified for the National Junior College Golf Tournament at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico. While at N. P. C. C., Chuck helped form “The Radio Club”, which prepared content about happenings at the College and hosted a weekly one hour show on one of the local commercial Radio Stations. The show won the American Legion’s “Golden Mike Award”, judged as the best College Radio show amongst all the colleges and universities in Nebraska. At what was known as Kearney State College, Chuck worked on the Campus Radio Station as Sports Director his junior year. His senior year, Chuck became Sports Director at one of the commercial Radio Stations in Kearney. At the same time, Chuck met his future wife, Judy, who was a sophomore at Kearney State. With all the good things going on, Chuck expanded his final year into three semesters! An unforeseen benefit came from this – working on campus the summer of 1972, he received a call from the Radio Station in North Platte that had hosted the “Knights Night”, asking him to become an emergency fill in for the last part of the Baseball season. This led to an offer of full time employment, so Chuck got his Bachelor’s Degree on a Sunday, and started work the next day in North Platte, leading to a 41 year career in North Platte in both Radio and as owner of two different Retail businesses, until becoming the Station Manager at KNEB in Scottsbluff in 2013. Marrying after Judy’s graduation in 1974, the family grew to include Benjamin and Megan. Their children each have two children, making grand parenting the best job they’ve ever had. Enjoying good health, Chuck is having “too much fun” to think about retirement, although always looking to add to the 40 states and 3 foreign countries he has visited.

Bill Boyer

Bill Boyer @KNEBBill
Director of Programming & Operations; KNEB.tv Weather Analyst  bboyer@kneb.com

I am a Mullen native, and claim to be one of the 700 most popular people to grow up in Hooker County in the 1980s (no small task!) After a stint in the Alliance, I moved to Bridgeport where I graduated high school and met the love of my life, Reagan. After graduation, I went to Kearney and graduated from UNK in 2000 and married my high school sweetheart in 2001. My first and only son, Seth, was born in 2005. He continues to be an inspiration to me every day! After spending years in radio in Kearney, I dabbled in the world of city government (what was I thinking?), moving back to Bridgeport in 2008 to be the City Administrator. I was hired in 2011 as the Director of Operations at KNEB. As you can guess, I am a weather nut, love technology, and love to golf. As a parent of an autistic child, I have become a strong advocate for autism spectrum awareness, and will continue to take up that cause until a cure is found.

Kendra Feather

Kendra Feather
Sales Manager  kfeather@kneb.com

Kevin Mooney

Kevin Mooney
News Director  kmooney@kneb.com

Native of Boulder, Colorado. Attended University of Colorado, I graduated from Elkins School of Broadcasting. I have been in radio for over forty years, most of that time in the North Platte Valley, including nearly five years at KGOS in Torrington and over 32 years at KNEB, serving as News Director in both locations. While both stations have received a number of awards for our news over the years, I get the most satisfaction from simply serving the area with reliable reports that appear to be easy to listen to on the radio and quality content for a website that is the envy of many others for the number of people who log on every day, I root for every Colorado team that handles a ball or a puck and love to play golf. Married to my lovely wife Tracy, who I met in Torrington, for 32 years. I have one daughter and four grandchildren.

Chabella Guzman
Farm Director  cguzman@kneb.com

Dave Strang

Dave Strang
Assistant News Director  dstrang@kneb.com

Started broadcast career in 1978 at KBRL in McCook. Worked at KFNF in Oberlin, Kansas for 10 years, with two years spent at KAPZ in Searcy, Arkansas. Moved to Scottsbluff in 1991 with KNEB, and aside from 5 years at the former Tracy Broadcasting, have worked as announcer, production director, and now working in KNEB's award winning News Department. Served as tank gunner (11E30) in Nebraska Army National Guard (A-1/195) from 1977 to 1982. Avid supporter of Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) and works as military advocate for all service branches. Principal hobby and interest is aviation.

Ryan Murphy

Ryan Murphy
New Media Coordinator; KNEB.tv News Anchor  rmurphy@kneb.com

Ryan has been able to call the Panhandle home since 2008. As an east coast native, he is pleased to be able to enjoy all the amenities that "The Good Life" has to offer. When he isn't working on stories for KNEB.tv, he enjoys golfing the bountiful golf courses that the region has to offer, catching a good live concert, and cheering on the Red Sox and Patriots. Ryan and his wife Audrey also enjoying spoiling their dog Bella on a daily basis.

Chris Cottrell

Chris Cottrell @offaironpoint
Sports Director  ccottrell@kneb.com

Steve Kjos

Steve Kjos
KNEB-AM Midday Host  skjos@kneb.com

Nikolas Chizek

Nikolas Chizek @mylifeasnik
Production Director/Morning Show Host  nchizek@kneb.com

Nikolas Chizek was born in Alliance a long time ago in the year 1993. After moving around a lot as a small child, he eventually found a home with his family in Bridgeport in the 2nd grade. There, he learned that, even if you get done with your work early; you can't just get up and hit the playground. Throughout high school, it was always his dream to go to California. Knowing that being 5 foot 7 inches short really wouldn't help getting his foot in that big Hollywood door, he decided to take a detour to Scottsbluff in hopes of maybe growing a couple feet. That's when he found part-time work at KNEB and met a girl. He now had a different plan for his life. 2 years later and he is married and on A Brand New Morning full-time. Even though he has to put up with Bill at 6:00 am there's no place he'd rather be.

Justin Hanshew

Justin Hanshew
IT Manager/Announcer  jhanshew@kneb.com

Justin Hanshew, born and raised in western Nebraska. Graduated from Gering High School n 1997 then went into the US Navy. Was stationed in Norfolk, Virginia from 1997 to 2001, then in San Diego, California from 2001 to 2006. Moved back to Scottsbluff, Nebraska in 2007. He received his Associates degree in General Studies from Western Nebraska Community College in spring of 2015 and currently working on developing his country music career under the name of Justin Kane promoting is debut single "American Strong." He lives with his long time girlfriend Christina who works at Americo Carriers as an Executive Assistant, and step daughter Tyler Gipe who is a Junior at Scottsbluff high school. She is active in music and is on the varsity cross country team. Justin has a son that is 18 years old named Michael Kuxhausen. Michael lives with his mother in Castle Rock, Colorado and in May 2016 Michael will be shipping off to Army boot camp. Justin is the IT manager for KNEB radio, Engineering assistant for NRR, afternoon announcer on 94.1 the brand, and many other duties as well. In other words he is the Jack of All Trades at KNEB.

Tricia Strauch

Tricia Strauch
Sales Representative  tstrauch@kneb.com

A 1991 Gering high School graduate (Go Bulldogs), I have lived in Gering my entire life and for the past 4 years, I live again on the street I grew up on. I have worked in sales at KNEB for 4 years. Married to my husband, Alan who is an electrical contractor. I have 2 sons, Nick is going to school at the University of Nebraska-Kearney and a member of the Nebraska Army National Guard and Brock who lives and works in Scottsbluff and has a black belt in Tae Kwan Do/Kung Fu. I have two step sons; the oldest, Cody, is attending college at the University of Wyoming and is an avid hunter and the youngest, Tristin, is active in baseball, basketball and gymnastics. In our spare time - we love our family time and we are looking forward to the future with daughter-in-laws and grandbabies, watching Nascar and of course cheering on the Broncos and the Huskers! GO BIG RED!!!

Suzie Free

Suzie Free
Sales Representative  sfree@kneb.com

Kaden Hubbard
Sales Represenative  khubbard@kneb.com

Karen Schmer

Karen Schmer
Traffic Director  kschmer@kneb.com